Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister
V S Achuthanandan on Friday expressed the hope that Prime
Minister Manmohan Sigh would consider the state`s demand
for granting `classical` status to Malayalam, the only South
Indian laguague to get the coveted ranking.
"This demand has been before the Prime Minister. We hope,
he would consider it", Achuthanandan said while presiding
over a function where the Sing presented the 43rd Jnanpith
award to eminent Malayalam poet O N V Kurup.
The Chief Minister also sought the Prime Minister`s
intervention for making Malayalam learning compulusory in
Kerala schools following central syllabuses.
"Learning English and Hindi are compulsory in schools that
follow central board syllabuses. Malayalam is still out of
them. We wanted Prime Minister to intervene in this matter
to ensure that the mother tongue (of Keralites) is not
discriminated in schools that follow central syllabuses", he
The Kerala Government had recently submitted a memorandum
to the Prime Minister seeking conferment of classical status
to Malayalam, claiming that it met all the parameters for
inclusion in that coveted category along with other South
Indian luanguages Tamil, Kannada and Telugu.